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School was out for, well, autumn as Clare Waight Keller showed her fourth collection for Chloé in the Jardins des Tuileries on Sunday afternoon, and college never looked so good. “Night buses, independent spirit, bare legs, dorm rooms, bike sheds, flirting, cold nights, tough girls,” the show notes read in terms that were pretty spot on for the lively, girly, bohemian character, which has defined the Chloé woman for fifty years. Waight Keller’s teen spirit took its point of departure in the elegant sportiness that characterises her work for Chloé, but it was the boyish elements that made it really special. Through large, boxy shirts, semi-oversize tops, and loafers and hiking boots, Waight Keller picked up on the sort of ‘boyfriend wardrobe’ that tends to happen naturally during a girl’s college years. Even the Chloé apron dress had been given a utilitarian, kind of masculine accent. It was a tougher take on the Chloé woman, but one that fit her perfectly.
Text: Anders Christian Madsen
Photography: Courtesy of Neil Barrett